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Over the years I've become busy with outside life, and lost a computer or two along the way. As such, I almost enver find myself on Newgrounds anymore, but when I am I will do my best to give high-quality reviews, and blam everything I think is crap.

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The Times, They Are A' Changing

2012-03-18 13:42:19 by Vetis

My God, you don't come back to Newgrounds for a few months and everything is different! All of a sudden my icon is re-set to a default; there is amazing art behind the active portion of the browser; everything is organized very efficiently in to categories; all the icons are smaller! It's a bit of a shell-shock, but at the same time, I remember that this has been going on for years.

Wow, does my profile seriously say 3/7/06? And here we are now, more than six years later, and I still haven't managed to rank to 20. I guess I can blame life and computer failure for that one; after a while you have to stop sitting in front of a computer all night and start sitting in front of a bar (or actually going to sleep for some of you out there). And the more in to the real world I get, the more I realize that there is a whole other world online, living out of sight of normal people in places like Newgrounds, where whole, massive communities form to share their work and build long-standing inside jokes, and get to know each other by Usernames. And I realize how much I miss being a part of that community.

Sadly I feel as though I have lost connection with some of my best friends, favorite characters, and the greater sense of "the internet community." And it's all the more evident when I come back to an old bastion of relaxation; a place where I could go to easily sift through the work of my peers and relate to how they were feeling while at the same time keeping updated on the interesting little things that The Internet finds to be so important but the rest of the world always glosses over; to find that the entire site has once again changed dramatically from the last time I was here. And there's a sinking fear that this reflects a changing user-base; that The Swain or chluaid won't be around anymore; that my all-time favorite videos will have become outdated and slipped in to obscurity. Who will remember Claveman? Where did She go? What was so Awesome, again...?

It overjoys me, though, to see that this is not the case. Perhaps out of the same powerful nostalgia that I have, the Top Movies list of all time has not changed very much at all over the last three-to-six years. Bitey still runs around Brackenwood like a total badass Prince of the Forrest, a rabbit and a cat still manage to find love, and Mr. Rogers still comes out on top of the pile every time. It makes me feel like, no matter what the surface may metamorphose in to, we are all still the same people underneath, and this is a Home that we can always come back to and remember. And that is a powerful feeling to have.

So thank you, Newgrounds, for always being here for me, and for The Internet. We need you here, to keep us sane and remind us that we have a history that will not simply fade in to the background behind new icons and awesome artwork. It's like a family reunion for me when I come here, and I suspect that a lot of people feel the same way.

At least one thing hasn't changed: rating audio files still doesn't give you EXP.


Recent Game Medals

01 10 Points Activate both cores of Planet I. Medal Stats.
Traveler 5 Points Enter a portal. Medal Stats.
THE END 100 Points Meaning it's now time for the level editor, level playlist, unlockables, highscores... NO WAIT COME BACK. Medal Stats.
Bloodbath 25 Points Kill 150 or more of those buggers in the preloader game. Medal Stats.
USE THE FORCE! 25 Points Kill 1000 enemies Medal Stats.
HIROSHIMA 10 Points Nuke more than 20 enemies at once Medal Stats.
HUMANITARIAN 25 Points Heal an enemy ship Medal Stats.
DOUBLE WHAMMY 25 Points Get a multiplier on a boss Medal Stats.

Total Medals Earned: 8 (From 4 different games.)

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